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Are your kids glued to the screen playing “Fortnite”? Or perhaps you caught Tyler “Ninja” Blevins starring in last week’s Super Bowl commercial for the NFL 100? Regardless of your familiarity (or lack thereof) with video games, esports (electronic sports) are starting ...

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Are your kids glued to the screen playing “Fortnite”? Or perhaps you caught Tyler “Ninja” Blevins starring in last week’s Super Bowl commercial for the NFL 100? Regardless of your familiarity (or lack thereof) with video games, esports (electronic sports) are starting ...

 
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After four months at the helm, Jill Soltau has made her first big move as CEO of JCPenney by swapping out its investment in appliances for a much-needed focus on apparel. While I have always been less pessimistic about JCPenney’s appliance strategy than others, the business isn’t ...

 
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After a successful 2018 holiday season, Amazon posted worldwide quarterly net sales growth of 20% to USD72.4 billion and operating income growth of 78%, or USD3.8 billion. Amazon’s net sales for fiscal year 2018 reached USD232.9 billion, up 31% year over year, and operating income was ...

 
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Amazon’s Q4 2018 results reported USD72.92 billion in revenue, with net sales rising 20% compared the same period a year ago. Profit rose 63% to USD3 billion. However, this was the slowest growth period for Amazon since the start of 2015. Performance has been dampened by weakening International ...

 
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In Germany and other European markets, Aldi is undoubtedly reaching an inflection point. How do we know? News that Aldi Nord Germany incurred its first operating loss in the company’s history, is a big indicator. Indeed, there are many smaller indications too, such as Aldi now offering ...

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Boxed.com, the bulk online retailer, is taking steps to further differentiate itself from Amazon in the consumables space. For the first three months of 2019, Boxed is reportedly serving as the exclusive seller of two new Coca-Cola products — 12 packs of Smartwater Alkaline and Smartwater ...

 
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I recently visited both Kroger/Walgreens test formats in northern Kentucky. One test has the Kroger Express store-within-a-store concept where, in addition to being able to pick up grocery orders, you can shop Kroger fresh and grocery items, including meal kits. A smaller-scale test is running ...

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Last year we brought to you a flash guide to monetizing the moment by trading on interest around the Royal Wedding. This year, we’ve put together a comprehensive, week-by-week guide on other key moments for retailers and brands to activate around when it comes to merchandising and marketing. ...

 
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Kantar Consulting’s ShopperScape® data, collected in December 2018, shows that half of U.S. households now have Prime memberships, which we estimate to equate to 59.8 million households. This represents a 5% increase in the number of households versus 2017, a considerably slower growth ...

 
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Three Channels, Three Inflections

28 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 5, 2019 I’m already feeling a little bit winded, are you too? Retailer results for 2018 keep pouring in, leaving tea leaves to sift through in figuring out what 2019 and 2020 might shape up to become.  The number of big headline game-changing announcements ...

 
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Predictions for Christmas 2019/2020

21 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 4, 2019 It is predictions week. Many retailers have begun to report last year’s performance and give a first glimpse of changes in this year’s approach to winning with consumers. At Retail IQ we celebrate this by publishing pages of predictions ...

 
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Q3 2018 was a quieter quarter for Albertsons Safeway following the decision to call off the merger with Rite Aid in August. Yet, the retailer reported decent results nonetheless. Quarterly sales increased 1.8% to $13.8 billion driven by a 1.9% increase in identical sales and higher fuel sales. ...

 
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The Online Holiday Paradox

14 Jan 2019  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 3, 2019 January 14 is New Year’s Day for those who follow the Julian calendar. So, if I did not get a chance to wish you a Happy Gregorian New Year, please accept my Happy Julian New Year wishes. British retailers have a tradition of reporting their ...

 
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Q3 was another tough quarter for Rite Aid. Despite revenue for the quarter being $5.5 billion up versus the same time a year ago, the retailer still had a net loss of $17.3 million from continuing operations. Now focused on its future as a stand-alone entity following the 2018 collapse of its ...

 
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Walgreens Boots Alliance welcomed fiscal 2019 with a solid Q1 performance. Sales grew 9.9% versus a year ago and 11.4% on a constant currency basis to $33.8 billion. The Retail Pharmacy USA segment sales increased 14.4% in Q1, boosted primarily by the retailer’s acquired Rite Aid stores. ...

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